The NBA may still be in the midst of its annual All-Star break, but that doesn’t mean it’s taking a break from making news. A major star has been ruled out indefinitely and it looks like a team in the East will be looking for a new head coach.
Irving's injury is best described as a deterioration in the shoulder. When he discussed his return in late December, Irving acknowledged that he took a cortisone shot at the time in hopes of avoiding surgery. The reality is that he has been playing with on and off discomfort— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 19, 2020
Kyrie Irving (shoulder) has no timetable for return — Now feels like a good time to remember that Irving’s never completed a full, 82-game season. After missing Brooklyn’s final five contests before the All-Star break, it has been revealed that the 27-year-old has re-aggravated the right shoulder ailment that forced him to miss nearly two months of action earlier in 2019-20. Irving will visit with a specialist this week and the veteran has no timetable for a return to action. From a fantasy perspective, the impact here is pretty simple. Both Spencer Dinwiddie and Caris LeVert own usage rates of over 30% with Irving off the floor, with the former seeing his production skyrocket following a move into the starting five. — Garion Thorne
Meanwhile, the always shy Kendrick Perkins weighed in.
I Kendrick Perkins have decided not to talk about Mr. Kyrie Irving no more this season!!! Nope, I’m not going to do it so don’t ask me any questions on how I feel about him on certain situations because I’m not going to answer. Nope!!! I’m done lol pic.twitter.com/TSiuWyGvgT— Kendrick Perkins (@KendrickPerkins) February 19, 2020
Also yesterday, it became even more clear that a divorce is imminent between the Cavs and head coach John Beilein.
Sources: Cavaliers, John Beilein in advanced talks about parting ways by Wednesday — and Beilein walking away from remainder of his contract.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 18, 2020
Story with @ByJasonLloyd on @TheAthleticNBA: https://t.co/P3jYz5RGrt
Report: John Beilein could leave Cavaliers as soon as Wednesday — After initial reports surfaced during the All-Star Game on Sunday evening, it now seems like we’re getting closer and closer to the end of the Beilein saga. According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Jason Lloyd, the much maligned head coach and Cleveland are in the advanced stages of working out an agreement that would see Beilein walk away from the remainder of a five-year contract signed in May. Beilein had been coaching at the University of Michigan the 12 seasons prior to attempting his luck in the NBA, reaching the Final Four in 2013 and 2018. However, the success has not carried over, with the Cavaliers sitting at 14-40 with the worst net rating in the league (-8.8). — Garion Thorne
For some perspective on the Cavs’ coaching struggles of late:
The Cavs are about to change coaches for the 13th time since the Spurs hired Gregg Popovich.— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) February 19, 2020
And finally, LeBron James isn’t just content with ruling over the basketball court. No, he has some thoughts on the ever-growing Astros scandal:
LeBron gave his thoughts on the Astros' cheating scandal. pic.twitter.com/R5je8YSXrG— ESPN (@espn) February 18, 2020
Like MJ before him, LeBron has his eye on the diamond.
Here’s how DK Live recapped Tuesday’s most noteworthy fantasy performances and news from the NHL:
Andreas Athanasiou leads third period surge over Canadiens — The Canadiens just can’t figure it out. Heading into the third period with a nice two-goal cushion against one of the league’s worst team, things were looking swell. But a swell was exactly what occurred in the third period when the Wings netted three unanswered to go on to win, 4-3, sending Montreal away on a five-game losing streak. The first and last goals of the final period came from Athanasiou ($5,100; 23 DKFP). It was his third multi-goal game of the season. Of Athanasiou’s 10 goals scored throughout this campaign, half have come in the past six outings. While the winger may not be red hot (see what we did there?), it’s certainly an improvement. — Mitchell Lapierre
Travis Konecny leads offensive explosion for the Flyers — Konecny ($5,000; 23 DKFP) scored once and assisted twice as the Flyers steamrolled the Blue Jackets 5-1 Tuesday. He also logged two hits in the contest. It’s his third three-point game of the season. Carter Hart ($7,700; 22.1 DKFP) also had a stellar night, saving 28 of his 29 shots on goal. It was a good bounce-back game for both of them. Konecny had three straight double-digit DKFP games two weeks ago, but averaged just 5.4 DKFP in his previous two games. Hart allowed four goals in his last appearance, but had topped 18 DKFP in his two prior outings. — Alex Rikleen
Sidney Crosby and the Penguins leap frog Capitals in the Metro — The game was off to an uncertain note for Pittsburgh before it really began, as Evgeni Malkin (illness) was scratched from the lineup minutes before puck drop. But Crosby ($7,400) made up for his co-star’s absence by logging four points, something he’s only done in one other game this season. While he only scored one goal, Sid the Kid’s three assists pushed him past Jari Kurri for 32nd on the all-time assists leaderboard with 798 (in 279 fewer games). He ended the night with 32.3 DKFP, surpassing the 30-point mark for the third time this season. On Thursday night, the Penguins travel up to Toronto to finish the home and home and face the Leafs one final time … at least for the regular season. — Mitchell Lapierre
Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s four points power Senator’s offense — Pageau ($5,400; 49.8 DKFP) scored twice and assisted twice as the Senators defeated the Sabres, 7-4. The Senators had seven multi-point scorers, led by Artem Anisimov ($3,300; 30.1 DKFP), who scored twice, and Mike Reilly ($3,400; 25.3 DKFP), who assisted twice. It was the first four-point game of Pageau’s eight-season career and his seventh game with multiple goals. The Senators are probably too far out to have any real chance at the playoffs, though they have now won three of their past four games, averaging four goals per game. — Alex Rikleen
A LOOK AHEADWith the NBA entering the final day of its All-Star break, Wednesday features a six-game NHL main slate on DraftKings. Set your NHL lineups here: NHL $200K Hockey Week Finale [$50K to 1st].
Report: Greg Olsen is signing a one-year deal with the Seahawks — After visiting with Buffalo, Washington and Seattle, Olsen has determined he feels most comfortable joining the Seahawks on a one-year deal worth $7 million, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter. After playing in all 16 games for nine consecutive seasons with Chicago and Carolina, Olsen missed 18 games over the past three seasons, as injuries started to take their toll. Olsen did manage to play in 14 games last season, catching 52-of-82 targets for 597 yards and two touchdowns with limited QB production. Russell Wilson leaned heavily on Will Dissley and Jacob Hollister last season, as the TE duo combined for a 64-611-7 line. All of that production could now fall on Olsen, who’s in line for a significant fantasy boost if he can remain healthy with his new squad.– Julian Edlow
Oscar Klefbom (shoulder) will miss 2-3 weeks — Despite logging over 30 minutes of ice time in Edmonton’s win over Carolina on Sunday, the team announced this afternoon that Klefbom will miss the next 2-3 weeks with a shoulder issue. The timing couldn’t be worse for the Oilers, as the squad is only days removed from losing Connor McDavid’s (lower body) and as they look to hold onto their lead in the Pacific Division. Though Klefbom hasn’t scored a goal since all the way back on Jan. 6, he’s still been a viable DFS option due to his minutes volume and his ability to block shots. In fact, with 172 for the season, Klefbom’s blocked 36 more shots than any other player in the NHL. — Garion Thorne
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